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Ohio State Buckeyes latest news and notes

It’s an exciting time around the Ohio State Buckeyes, a team lead by Urban Meyer and hoping to hit the College Football Playoff despite roster turnover.

Said turnover makes the Buckeyes a tricky betting option on futures at, but bettors can see this means the payouts are a bit better than one could normally expect.

As a way to help with any bets, here’s a look at the latest around the Buckeyes.

Meyer Praises Defensive Line

The Big Ten is a conference where battles get decided in the trenches, so it’s incredible news for the Buckeyes that Meyer has already gone out of his way to offer praise for a new-look defensive line.

With so much turnover on the defense, the fact the defensive line has held up well against an offense led by J.T. Barrett is big news. It’s only contact scrimmages and such, but any news is good news at such a key spot.

Read-Option Coming Along Well

Ezekiel Elliott or not, the Buckeyes will once again lean on the read-option attack to help Barrett find success on the ground and through the air.

The early returns have been encouraging. Barrett has played well in camp and his stable of backs haven’t had any major issues, though one only has to think back to last year’s key fumbles featuring Cardale Jones and understand just how important this time period is.

For now, no negative news is great news because it means everyone on the offense is getting comfortable with one another.

Mike Weber Ready to Take Over

It’s not easy to replace a running back like Elliott, but Mike Weber seems up to task.

The favorite for the first slot on the depth chart, Weber has had a strong camp, showcasing decisive running and good hands in the passing game. He’s not perfect on the read-option just yet, but a full summer of working with Barrett should go a long way.

Maybe Weber never puts up Elliott-type numbers. Few can. But he’s well on his way to trotting out as the starter on opening day.

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